Nutmeg Jim finally appeared tonight. (Ally opted out of being in the photo. Notice Austin's choppy hair in the front where he cut it.)
Nutmeg Jim has been keeping our kids in line for quite a few years now. When Morgan was small, she actually saw him jump down the stairs. One year, Ally was being a pill so Nutmeg Jim came in the car with us and just as she was throwing a fit, Nutmeg Jim appeared. She straightened up in a hurry. It was like magic. I've even called him to come visit us in the summer if we've been having discipline problems.
Austin has been a bit more cynical than the girls. Last year I told him to be good because Nutmeg Jim was watching and he said, "You know he's not real." Also, this year he said "He's not real, he's just stuffed." But, Austin did seem pretty excited when Nutmeg Jim made his appearance, bearing glow sticks. Usually he brings us ornaments for our tree, but this year we've done everything out of order so that's what we got. One year Nutmeg Jim brought the girls flannel sheets.
Hopefully Nutmeg Jim will still be able to work his magic for a few more years.